Woodworking Stories, Woodworker Profiles and Products

Coming of age

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 21 October 2013 00:00

comingofage1When Andrew Marques purchased Cove Woodworking of Gloucester, Mass., in May, he made a bold decision to reestablish a failing business in a down economy. Hope and perseverance are the words he uses to express to his peers that he is committed to making the business succeed. The goal is to reconnect with former customers and exceed their expectations on new commissions. So far, things are moving in the right direction.

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CNC’s learning curve

Written by John English Monday, 21 October 2013 00:00

learning1Keeping up with technology is either a whole lot of fun or very intimidating. There just doesn’t seem to be much middle ground. Either you’re wired that way or you’re not. Woodworkers come in both flavors — some are leading the high-tech charge and others avoid computers like the plague.

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From the ground up

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 16 September 2013 00:00

ground3Tracy Yarborough, president of the Cabinet Makers Association, owns and operates a backyard shop in rural Coward, S.C. But if you’re imagining vintage machinery and old-school ways, you’ve dreamed up the wrong shop. Yarborough’s version of a backyard shop has a CNC router and a growing list of production equipment that has necessitated three expansions in less than 15 years.

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Clearing the air

Written by John English Monday, 16 September 2013 00:00

clearing1Tweaking a dust collection system takes patience and small improvements can add up to big advances over time. The following products, from a wide variety of suppliers, all have one thing in common: they are designed to make your system more efficient. That can take the form of saving time or catching smaller particles or even just simplifying maintenance.

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Tall tales about tall trees

Written by John English Monday, 16 September 2013 00:00

tree3There can be up to half a million board feet of lumber in a single mature giant redwood. It seems sacrilegious to think of these natural wonders in woodshop terms, but they did provide our ancestors with the lumber to build entire cities. And it’s impossible to stand among them, if you’re the kind of person who owns a table saw, and not think about the massive amount of rich, red heartwood.

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